Clementina by Wilton Montenegro
Clementina © Sergio_Cabral
Clementina Poster


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Directed by Ana Rieper
75 mins | Brazil, 2019 | Portuguese with English subtitles

Clementina de Jesus (1901-1987), an Afro-Brazilian singer whose ancient music carries a history older than she, was finally recognised at the age of 63. A life of sweet melodies and warm beats, of folklore and celebration, 'jongo' and 'partido alto', of samba schools and churches, she went on to become one of the most distinctive voices of samba. The granddaughter of slaves, her songs speak of life as black person in Brazil, weaving its joys and plights into the fabric of Brazilian music. Her music embodies the link between Brazilian culture and African roots.

Ana Rieper is a documentary filmmaker. She started her career in audio-visual in 1998, with her first documentary short, 'Saara' that was followed by 'Veluda' and 'Another Land'. Her feature film 'I’ll Raffle Off My Heart' was selected for over 40 festivals worldwide and won many awards. She is currently working on a documentary about Clube da Esquina, both written and directed by her.

Produced by: Dona Rosa Filmes
Producers: Mariana Marinho, Marco Abujamra
Director of Photography: Tiago Scorza
Edited by: Pedro Asbeg
Music by: Clementina de Jesus
Contact: Dona Rosa Filmes